Underground Drug Website Silk Road Busted by FBI

silkroadscreenshotNews broke today that the FBI arrested Ross William Ulbricht for running an extensive criminal marketplace online called the Silk Road. The site was used primarily for buying and selling illegal drugs and users were shielded through a network of relays so that their real location and identities remained unknown.

In less than three years the Silk Road generated an estimated $1.2 billion in sales, using virtual money called Bitcoins that was converted to real currency. Ulbricht ran the operation from San Francisco and reportedly earned $80 million personally from its operation. He was also charged with attempted murder for trying to hire someone to kill one of his former employees.

The popularity of such a site is perhaps a sad commentary about the state of our society, although illegal substance trafficking and usage is nothing new. From opium trade to prohibition and today’s prescription drug black market, people will unfortunately find a way to buy and sell these substances regardless of whether they are legal or not. The burden for the damage caused by substance abuse falls on everyone to some degree, and the best way to handle it in the future is through increased prevention and education efforts.

In the meantime, effective addiction treatment programs such as Desert Cove Recovery are here to help provide rehabilitation services for those caught in the trap.

About Blake Nichols

Blake Nichols is the Director of Operations at Desert Cove Recovery. Blake battled his own addiction to drugs and alcohol and was given the gift of recovery at the age of 23. Since 2008, Blake has dedicated his life and career to the field of addiction. He has experience in all aspects of addiction treatment including direct care, admissions, marketing, and administration.
Blake feels that the greatest reward of working in the recovery field is being part of the transformation that a person goes through from the time they arrive and begin treatment, through the hard work and the Miracle of recovery, and ultimately the change into a confident and capable person ready to carry the message of recovery.
"My career has focused on serving others. I have accepted ownership of my responsibilities as that is the key to working at the highest level of professionalism. I have worked to be positive and offer solution-based suggestions in my work and personal life."